Nacra 17

David Liebenberg

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Nacra 17

David Liebenberg

After growing out of prams, David Liebenberg was not sure where to go in sailing.  After the first ride on a 29er, Liebenberg was hooked.  His affinity for speed shaped the rest of his sailing career. Four years after that first ride, David had collected a top-ten finish at the World Championships, three National Championship titles, and three North American Championship titles.

On the Tufts University Sailing Team, Liebenberg honed his starting skills and short course tactics. He was a captain of the Tufts team his senior year and led the team to their first Collegiate Match Racing National Championship in 2012. In the summer of 2013, he was the tactician of the American Youth Sailing Force, which was selected to represent San Francisco in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Calling tactics at that event was excellent preparation for an Olympic campaign. The emphasis of short course racing at extremely high speeds allowed him to hone his boat handling and tactical decision making. During the 2016 quadrennium, Liebenberg performed impressively in the Men’s 49er class, though unfortunately did not qualify for the Games in Rio.

Now, Liebenberg has his sights focused on representing Team USA in the Nacra 17 class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Liebenberg has joined forces with Sarah Newberry, another speed-fiend. The two have shown their ability to make it to the top of the fleet and are worthy candidates for selection to the 2020 Games.

About

After growing out of prams, David Liebenberg was not sure where to go in sailing.  After the first ride on a 29er, Liebenberg was hooked.  His affinity for speed shaped the rest of his sailing career. Four years after that first ride, David had collected a top-ten finish at the World Championships, three National Championship titles, and three North American Championship titles.

On the Tufts University Sailing Team, Liebenberg honed his starting skills and short course tactics. He was a captain of the Tufts team his senior year and led the team to their first Collegiate Match Racing National Championship in 2012. In the summer of 2013, he was the tactician of the American Youth Sailing Force, which was selected to represent San Francisco in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Calling tactics at that event was excellent preparation for an Olympic campaign. The emphasis of short course racing at extremely high speeds allowed him to hone his boat handling and tactical decision making. During the 2016 quadrennium, Liebenberg performed impressively in the Men’s 49er class, though unfortunately did not qualify for the Games in Rio.

Now, Liebenberg has his sights focused on representing Team USA in the Nacra 17 class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Liebenberg has joined forces with Sarah Newberry, another speed-fiend. The two have shown their ability to make it to the top of the fleet and are worthy candidates for selection to the 2020 Games.

  • Date of Birth: October 26, 1991
  • Hometown: Livermore, Calif.
  • Current Location: (need to creat field)
  • Education: Tufts University, 2014
  • Club:

Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

  • 10th, Nacra 17, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 1st, Nacra 17, Oakcliff Sailing Triple Crown #3 (Oyster Bay, USA), 2018
  • 10th, Nacra 17, Medemblik Regatta (Medemblik, NED), 2018
  • 10th, 49er, SWC Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 2nd, 49er, Cork Olympic Classes Regatta (Kingston, CAN), 2016

Olympic Development Track

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About

  • Date of Birth: October 26, 1991
  • Hometown: Livermore, Calif.
  • Current Location: (need to creat field)
  • Education: Tufts University, 2014
  • Club:

Sailing Achievements:

  • 10th, Nacra 17, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 1st, Nacra 17, Oakcliff Sailing Triple Crown #3 (Oyster Bay, USA), 2018
  • 10th, Nacra 17, Medemblik Regatta (Medemblik, NED), 2018
  • 10th, 49er, SWC Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 2nd, 49er, Cork Olympic Classes Regatta (Kingston, CAN), 2016

Olympic Development Track:

Coming Soon